previews

  • “PIERRE BONNARD: THE COLOUR OF MEMORY”

    Tate Modern
    Bankside
    January 23–May 6

    Curated by Matthew Gale with Helen O’Malley and Juliette Rizzi

    Twenty­-one years after the Tate’s last Pierre Bonnard retrospective, the master dauber of the Nabis will reap­pear at the museum. With one hundred–odd paintings and works on paper, this show should be reliably pleas­ing, even if the pleasure it offers inheres very much in perversity—chromatically unhinged in a genius way, Bonnard’s female models teeter on the edge of decom­position in his claustrophobic paintings. If ever the word deliquescent were unavoidable in art criticism, it ought to be with regard to Bonnard’s torpid nudes—sensual zombies of early modernism, inevitable and bizarre.

     

  • TANIA BRUGUERA

    Tate Modern
    Bankside
    October 20–March 30

    Curated by Catherine Wood

    Confronting ongoing concerns about the realities of contemporary migration, Tania Bruguera’s ambitious intervention at Tate Modern will extend her robust practice, one that combines art and activism. For her takeover of the Turbine Hall, Bruguera will distill the complexities of virtue used as currency in the public sphere, treating the cavernous space as a town square, and engaging the institution and its audiences in two “moments.” The first will be a visual experience, in which Bruguera explores distance and proximity, intimacy and foreignness, in relation to both the consumption of news and the social dimensions of architectural space. In the second “moment,” the artist contends with the structural realities of the Tate by inviting people living within a twenty-minute walk of the museum to participate in a form of institutional critique that addresses the emotional consequences of border crossing.